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Credit Scam Over the Phone

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The scam artists are back at it again. This time they're asking you to call back a 509 area code number.

When you call a voice message tells you to leave your credit card information. Richland police say a large number of people have been receiving the phone calls from an automated machine claiming to be with the Gesa Credit Union.

So far there have only been two victims of this crime in Richland, but police want to remind everyone to be cautious and not give away any information providing access to personal accounts.

"Anytime you have to do with identity theft and fraud, you need to keep that information secure and those transactions need to be done in person, don't do them over the phone," said Richland Police Sergeant, Brian Ruegsegger.

Gesa Credit Union is also conducting their own investigation on this scam. They're alerting their clients about the situation online, and providing information on what to do if you've been a victim.

Police believe the call back number is from Pullman and the Pullman Police Department has already been alerted.

 

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